Differentiation Digest for the September Issue

By The Storyworks Editors
August 7, 2019

Did you know that every lesson in the Storyworks Teacher’s Guide (except poetry) offers ideas to differentiate instruction for struggling readers and advanced readers? Here’s the roundup from the September TG.

For Struggling Readers: Keeping track of the different individual stories in the article may be challenging for some students. Have them choose one of the people featured (such as Eleanor or Kevin) and make a list of what happened to that person during the fire. They should then exchange lists with another student who listed details about a different person.

For Advanced Readers: Invite students to imagine that they are holding an online fund-raiser to help the people of Paradise rebuild their town. Have them write a one-page post for the fund-raiser webpage, explaining what the town experienced during and after the fire, and telling people why they should help.

For Struggling Readers: To help struggling readers with making inferences, play the audio of the story as students follow along in their magazines. Pause at the end of each section to discuss what happened, and together write a one- or two-sentence summary.

For Advanced Readers: Invite students to write an additional scene for the story in which Cory tells his father about faking his injury so that Jason can play in the tournament.

For Struggling Readers: Put students in small groups. Have each group read the lower-Lexile version of one of the texts then discuss how the food became popular. Next, pair each “nugget” group with a “mac and cheese” group to explain to each other what they learned.

For Advanced Readers: Invite students to write a short essay comparing Robert Baker with the St. Louis pasta salesman. Ask them to consider how they came up with their products, how these were received by the public, and what happened to each man as a result.

For Struggling Readers: Gather students in a small group and read the play aloud to them one time to model fluent reading and expression. Then read the play again, assigning some or all of the parts to students.

For Advanced Readers: Direct students to The Aesop for Children, a collection of fables at the Library of Congress website (www.read.gov/aesop). Have students work in small groups to select a fable and turn it into a very short play. Remind them to include the moral. Invite groups to read their plays aloud to the class.

We’d love to hear how you differentiate in your classroom! As always, you can drop us a line at storyworks@scholastic.com.


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